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Alouettes Name Dan Hawkins Head Coach

MONTREAL -- Montreal Alouettes owner Bob Wetenhall and team General Manager Jim Popp announced on Tuesday that Dan Hawkins will become the club’s 20th head coach.

Hawkins arrives in Montreal following a long and successful career in the U.S. college ranks, including an impressive 112-61-1 combined record as a head coach at the college level, including stints with both Boise State and the University of Colorado.

“I am delighted to welcome Dan Hawkins to the Alouettes family as our new head coach,” said Wetenhall. “Dan comes to us with a distinguished coaching career in major US college football. Dan is especially well known in his profession for the contributions he made to the personal lives of his players as beyond just the science of football, he's by nature a teacher and an unusually fine human being.”

Hawkins' Coaching Staff

Mike Miller, Assistant Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks Coach
» Noel Thorpe, Defensive Coordinator
» Ray Rychleski, Special Teams Coordinator
» Doug Berry, Senior Advisor to the Head Coach
» Jean-Marc Edmé, Defensive Assistant/Football Operations Assistant
» Frank Verducci, Offensive Line Coach
» Mark Speckman, Running Backs Coach
» Erik Campbell, Wide Receivers Coach
» Keith Willis, Defensive Line Coach
» Mark Nelson, Linebackers Coach
» Ryan Dinwiddie, Offensive Quality Control Coach

“During our selection process we have had extensive interviews with many fine candidates with an emphasis on candidates from Quebec, the rest of Canada and both the professional and college coaching ranks in the US,” continued the Alouettes owner. At the end of this process, it became clear to us that Dan was the best candidate at this time in the Alouettes history. We are looking ahead to his continuing the tradition of the Alouettes' success. Dan very well understands my three goals for the franchise, to institutionalize the Alouettes in Montreal, to make meaningful contributions to the community we serve and to win football games.

The 52-year-old got his first taste of the CFL last winter as a guest coach with the Alouettes, working with the team’s coaching staff during the offseason meetings while also getting familiarized with the Alouettes roster. He signed a three-year deal.

“We welcome Dan, his wife Misti, and their family to the Montreal Alouettes family,” said Popp. “Dan Hawkins is a successful, passionate football coach with a great ability to communicate and motivate the players, coaches, and all who are surrounding him. We welcome his talents to lead our football team in the class room, on the field, and in the community.”

Hawkins burst onto the coaching scene with Boise State where he compiled a 53-11 record (.828) over his five seasons, leading the Broncos to victories in the Humanitarian Bowl (2002) and the Fort Worth Bowl (2003).

In the process of leading Boise State to four-straight Western Athletic Conference titles from 2002 to 2005, Hawkins also guided the Broncos to an incredible 31-consecutive wins over conference opponents, while his 53 wins to start his NCAA Division 1 coaching career rank him fourth all-time in the modern era for wins by a rookie coach over their first five seasons. Known for his explosive offences, Hawkins led Boise State to three 500-plus point seasons, including one 602-point campaign.

Prior to coaching at Boise State, Hawkins led the Williamette University Bearcats to 40-11-1 record in four seasons as their head coach, bringing the team to the NCAA Division II National Championship game in 1997. Prior to that, he was defensive coordinator at Sonoma State University for one season after three years as offensive coordinator at the College of the Siskiyous. The last two seasons he served as an analyst on ESPN following five years as head coach at the University of Colorado.

Fan Comments
wild horse
Good luck with those 18 games and Dwight Anderson!!
February 22, 2013 - 12:44pm
correction: 18 games in CFL season
February 21, 2013 - 10:49pm
wild horse
I came here for intelligent football talk with some Alouette and CFL fans. Thanks A.R., for your knowledgeable opinions and insights. Some of the other silly comments ? Where yo' head at, Boy ????
February 21, 2013 - 11:21am
hope he has "rebuilder" on his resume...LOL LOL LOL
February 19, 2013 - 5:19pm
als rule
AF4L31 and what's on your resume? exactly!! LOL LOL LOL
February 20, 2013 - 11:34am
Ah but af4l31 is not trying to coach the Als or even the Argos!!!
February 20, 2013 - 4:17pm
als rule
and you? of course your a re-builder being a ticat fan!! LOL LOL LOL
February 20, 2013 - 8:27pm
Has surrounded himself with a mostly American staff with a few members in lesser positions who actually HAVE CFL experience. I wouldn't be jumping for joy just yet guys. This is definitely a wait-and-see proposition!
February 19, 2013 - 3:40pm
als rule
TFmcb 11 assistants 5 with CFL experience!! that's why I'm still jumping for joy!! now your cat coaching staff is your right a "definitely a wait and see-and-see proposition!" LOL LOL LOL
February 20, 2013 - 11:51am
Yes the Ticats coaching staff is a wait-and-see proposition which is why I'm not predicting the Cats will rule the CFL like you are the Als. The Als coaching staff with LESS THAN HALF who have NO CFL knowledge is also a wait-and-see proposition - EVEN MORE SO THAN THE TICATS!!!
February 20, 2013 - 4:16pm
hhhhmn...Austin vs. "no-name Hawkins"......yeah als rule your als are definitely on top of that one....NOT
February 20, 2013 - 8:09pm
February 19, 2013 - 1:51pm
als rule
funny!! NOT!!
February 19, 2013 - 9:21pm
als rule
you the man now dan all the best and welcome aboard!! GO ALS GO!! OH YEAH BABY!!
February 19, 2013 - 12:25pm
The biggest problem in Montreal isn't the coaches, or the team, its the fans. A city the size of Montreal should be filling the Big "O" with the team they usually put on the field, heck, just to watch A.C. As it is, they use a puny little stadium so they can fill it and save face. Pathetic. I guess its all about the Canadiens, but the Als are the more exciting team. Go figure.
February 19, 2013 - 3:02pm
als rule
oh yeah wait till taylor field is left behind you and you move into your new facility!! once the shine wears off you'll be pining for all taylor field!! wait you'll see!! LOL LOL LOL
February 19, 2013 - 9:26pm
als rule
sit in the big o then in molson stadium and then have the nerve to call molson puny and the numbers pathetic to save face!! why do toronto maple leaf fans sell out M.L.G. since 1967 while winning nothing and skydome sits empty for the argos!!
February 20, 2013 - 8:28pm
wild horse
The Als under Wetenhall only go for top quality. He sounds like another great coach with an excellent record and reputation. Now if he acquires a good understanding of the Canadian game, and his D.C., Noel Thorpe can return our D to the level we expect, Alouettes will rumble in '13.
February 19, 2013 - 11:37am
"if" he acquires a good understanding ... Hmm.
That just put a doubt in my head.
I'll love the Als anyway.
February 19, 2013 - 8:35pm
als rule
a fan writes if he acquires a good understanding WHAT? this puts doubt in your mind? WHY? he'll be fine/relax!!
February 20, 2013 - 11:57am
wild horse
The Als are SOLID.
February 21, 2013 - 5:26pm